Ashland’s diverse tax revenues are emphasized in the FY 2012-13 General Fund budget with five classifications of taxes, none being more than 37 percent of total taxes. Taxes represent 79.5% percent of total proposed revenue. Current property taxes and electrical utility users tax comprising 37 and 23 percent, respectively, of the 2013 total proposed revenue. Highlighted below are significant revenue items.
Current Property Taxes. This is the City portion of the City of Ashland’s permanent tax rate as defined by Measure 50. The permanent tax rate is informally shared between the General and the Parks and Recreation fund.
Cable TV Franchise. The 5 percent franchise tax on cable TV is split, with 70 percent going to the General Fund and the balance to the Street Fund. Fifty-seven percent of the General Fund tax is dedicated to support the public access TV channel with Southern Oregon University. The City has negotiated a 75-cent per account Public Education and Government (PEG) access fee. This fee is dedicated to the public access channel.